Black Manta

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Black Manta David Kane

Black Manta

Real name

David Kane


Black Manta
The Guy from the Sub




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Reading: Black Manta




Jesse Kane ‘s crew





Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom ( unreleased )


Aquaman: The Junior Novel


Portrayed by

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

I’ll show you the same mercy you showed my father. And gut you like the fish you are!
―Black Manta[src]

David Kane, besides known as Black Manta, is a mercantile and the son of the belated Jesse Kane. [ 1 ] once the second-in-command of a commandeer crowd led by his founder, he came into conflict with Aquaman after the latter refused to save his founder ‘s life. Upon allying with Orm Marius of Atlantis and receiving experimental Atlantean technology, David combined the Atlantean weaponry with his own equipment to create a herculean struggle suit to combat his new enemy. Despite this, he was defeated during a skirmish in Sicily, but survived and was found by Stephen Shin, a scientist obsessed with the being of Atlantis and plotted to find a new room to kill Aquaman .


Losing his founder

Wait! Help me! He’s trapped! You can’t leave him like this! Please!”
“You killed innocent people. You ask the sea for mercy.
―Black Manta and Aquaman[src]

David Kane was a pirate like his father, Jesse Kane, and at some point in clock time, he learned about Aquaman and wanted to encounter him. Their gang took over a submarine, and as they were celebrating their apparent victory, Jesse presented him with a particular knife .
initially, he scoffed at it, calling it a musical composition of junk, and the love of “ [ his church father ‘s ] liveliness ” ; but when Jesse told him about how it belonged to his grandfather, who fought in World War II as one of the Navy ‘s foremost “ frogmen ” ( code-named “ Manta ” for his furtiveness ), he immediately changed his mind, and accepted the blade. suddenly, they were interrupted by Arthur Curry, known as Aquaman. David proclaimed that he expected to finally face the Aquaman but was cursorily defeated by the Atlantean and easily subdued after a brief competitiveness .
Aquaman deflected a rocket from Jesse, that caused a torpedo to topple over him, trapping him as the submarine became deluge. David begged Aquaman for help but was told that they kill innocents and should not expect clemency from the ocean. David tried to save his father, but his don committed suicide by using a hand grenade. David was forced to flee and started to bear a deep grudge against Aquaman. [ 2 ] [ 3 ]

conflict with Aquaman

You can’t run. You owe me blood!
―Black Manta to Aquaman[src]

erstwhile after his founder ‘s death, David was contacted by King Orm Marius, who paid him for the denounce attack his crew launched on Nereus. David demanded that Aquaman should be killed, as he was responsible for Jesse ‘s death, but Orm shrugged it off and assured David that Aquaman was n’t one of them. still hellbent on getting revenge on Aquaman, David allied with the Atlantean king .
Orm informed David that human weaponry would be useless against Aquaman and provided him with Atlantean weaponry and was given multiple soldiers so he could launch an fire against Aquaman .
David took the Atlantean weaponry and merged it with his diving befit, making it a specialize battle armor to fight Aquaman. In finical, David took a plasma glow cannon and installed it into his helmet, however, the helmet was melted during a test ignition of the plasma glow. David made the helmet significantly bigger to circumvent the problem. once the struggle befit was completed, he painted it total darkness and dubbed himself “ Black Manta ” in honor of his recently don and family bequest.

Black Manta, along with Murk and the Atlantean soldiers, ambushed Aquaman and Mera in Sicily, Italy. Black Manta attacked Aquaman while the soldiers chased Mera. Aquaman identified Black Manta as the lapp plagiarist from the submarine, which Black Manta confirmed. Black Manta used his enhance strength provided by the suit and Atlantean weaponry a well as Aquaman ‘s preference to ensure the safety of civilians to overpower and wound Aquaman numerous times, but Aquaman ultimately managed to come out on top, damaging his suit, making it malfunction before throwing a copulate of chain stone balls directly into Black Manta ‘s helmet, causing it to explode and throwing David off a cliff. [ 2 ]

An unexpected rescue

This is Atlantean technology, isn’t it? Could you tell me how you got this?”
“Sure. But first, you gotta tell me how to find him.
―Stephen Shin and Black Manta[src]

unbeknown to Arthur or Mera, David survived, though his Black Manta suit was badly damaged from the fight. He was stranded on the ocean until Dr. Stephen Shin, a scientist obsessed with finding Atlantis, saved him. Shin asks David how he got the engineering, and David says he will if he tells him how to find Aquaman. David then throws the Manta Knife at a photograph of a silhouette man with a question marker read, “ Who is Aquaman ? ”. [ 2 ]


I’ll make you a deal. I don’t tell you how to captain… and you don’t tell me how to pirate.
―Black Manta[src]

Being a commandeer, David Kane is a barbarous pitiless individual who does n’t hesitate to kill those who stand in his way. initially obsessed with care for, David was uncoerced to conspire with King Orm and help him declare war with the surface adenine long as he was paid. Despite his cold nature, however, David greatly values his kin descent, as he immediately treasured his grandfather ‘s knife after learning about it and had a very close kinship with his father. When Jesse Kane was in danger, David urgently begged his enemy Aquaman to save him and initially refused to leave his don behind. David ‘s vendetta against Aquaman is strictly based around avenging his father ‘s death. After Aquaman caused Jesse ‘s death, David developed an intense hate towards all Atlanteans and vowed to kill Aquaman. Upon becoming Black Manta, David became bloodthirsty, pitiless, and heartless ; wholly devoted on nothing but murdering the Aquaman at all cost not caring if other humans die in the process. Black Manta never holds back, as observed when he endlessly attacked Aquaman until a strike was landed, leaving the Atlantean-hybrid on the defense through most of their struggle and relentlessly attacking Arthur ignoring the damage his suit had taken during the struggle. When having the upper-hand on Aquaman, Black Manta frequently taunted his mortal enemy .

Powers and abilities

Black Manta suit

David Kane does not possess any natural powers. alternatively, he uses Atlantean engineering supplied by Orm Marius to provide him with superhuman military capability, endurance, lastingness, and a kind of weapons .

support powers

  • Superhuman strength: Black Manta’s armor grants him incredible superhuman strength, on par with that of high-born Atlanteans, such as Aquaman. This is shown when he kicked Aquaman off his feet, successfully headbutted him, kicked him out of a house, and – with the help of his jetpack – rammed him off a building.
You thought you could walk away?
―Black Manta to Aquaman[src]
  • Flight: Black Manta’s suit incorporated the firing mechanism of the plasma cannon onto its back and legs, allowing Manta to fly and hover in mid-air as well as to cover immense distances rather quickly, as seen when he swiftly landed beside a subdued Aquaman in mere seconds despite having sent the latter plummeting over a massive cliff.

defensive powers

  • Superhuman durability: Black Manta’s armor grants him incredible durability, to the point that he can survive tremendous underwater pressures. It can withstand, albeit not unscathed, mighty blows from Aquaman. The armor’s durability also allowed him to survive a direct explosion followed by a large fall off a cliff, though he was left badly injured and the armor was severely damaged.

offensive powers

  • Energy beams: The helmet of Black Manta’s suit fires thick beams of red plasmoid energy from its eyes, similar to Kryptonian heat vision. These beams are so intense, that Aquaman was sent flying an immense distance by them, with his body left slightly blackened.
That’s right, but now I have Atlantean steel! Call me Black Manta!
―Black Manta to Aquaman[src]
  • Retractable blade: Black Manta keeps a retractable blade in the left forearm. The blade is of Atlantean steel, which makes them sharp enough to slice right through the body of a high-born Atlantean.
  • Wrist-mounted harpoon gun: Black Manta’s suit also boasts Atlantean steel weaponry, such as the spear hook on his right arm, which was sharp enough to pierce Aquaman’s flesh. Moreover, the spear hook can also be charged with a strong electric current, which makes it glow red.


  • Genius-level intellect: Black Manta is extremely intelligent, mostly regarding his pirating, engineering, and leadership skills. He is also well-read and has a good memory, reciting a verse from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu whilst confronting Aquaman.
    • Expert engineer: 250?cb=20190906233631 Black Manta has an innate knack for understanding the most complicated technological function of any mechanism. Hence, his being able to take apart, modify and reassemble his Atlantean wet-suit into the powered armor he now adorns, turning the Plasma Gun the suit came with into a helmet-based heat ray and a thruster system. This is particularly noteworthy as Atlantean technology is radically different and more advanced than human technology.
    • Expert pirate: Having been trained by his father Jesse Kane, Black Manta is an immensely skilled pirate, to the point that Orm hired him to stage an attack from the surface dwellers upon the Council of Kings in Atlantis. Indeed, Manta and his father would have successfully overtaken the Russian submarine had Aquaman not intervened.
    • Expert leader: Black Manta is a highly skilled leader, being the new leader of his father’s pirate crew, and being entrusted by Orm to lead a squad of Atlantean soldiers.
  • Master combatant: Black Manta is extremely skilled in both armed and unarmed combat. He is able to keep up with Aquaman when donning his new armored suit and gained the upper hand against his high-born Atlantean opponent when he began employing his Atlantean steel blades for an extended period of time, although it must be noted that Aquaman also had to protect civilians before ultimately being tossed down a cliff but still leaving Aquaman grievously wounded.
    • Sword mastery: 250?cb=20190322183931 Black Manta is an extremely skilled swordsman since even before he donned the armor, Aquaman was only saved from a fatal stab from Manta by his Atlantean durability. After gaining Atlantean steel blades, Black Manta successfully managed to land severe wounds on Aquaman with his new weapons.
    • Knife mastery: Black Manta is skilled a using a knife in combat. This was seen when he stabbed Aquaman in the shoulder before the latter could react. This skill even extends to knife throwing. This is seen when he threw his knife at a picture of Aquaman while sitting down and using one eye.
  • Expert marksman: Black Manta is an expert marksman, being highly skilled with firearms, as seen when he shot Aquaman multiple times during their first encounter, though the shots didn’t affect him. His marksmanship extending even to accurately shooting his wrist-mounted harpoon into Aquaman’s back. He can also accurately shoot his helmet’s optic blasts at any target.


  • Black Manta suit: David Kane, with the help of Orm Marius, created a specialized armored suit that allows him to operate underwater.[1] The armored suit is outfitted with Atlantean technology, giving it energy projection abilities, as well as facilitating use against immense pressures in deep ocean waters. The suit possesses a distinctive manta-shaped helmet with two large eyes which fire optic blasts (powerful enough to injure Atlanteans) and is connected to an oxygen system that allows Manta to breathe underwater indefinitely. The suit also has a rocket jetpack system that enables him to fly, as well as an Atlantean steel blade within a forearm.
    • Retractable blade gauntlet: David wore a retractable blade gauntlet on his left arm made out of a man-made metal during his mission with his father for close quarter combat purposes. He implemented this weapon into his Black Manta suit, replacing the standard blade with one made out of Atlantean steel, which can pierce Aquaman’s skin.
  • Short sword: David used a short sword made out of man-made steel during missions with his father for close quarter combat, though this was broken by Aquaman during their first fight. When he obtained equipment to make his Black Manta suit from Orm, he gained a short sword made out of Atlantean steel, which can pierce Aquaman’s flesh.
  • Manta knife: He got this knife from his father, who, in turn, got it from his father. As it was able to harm Aquaman, it probably wasn’t forged by humans.

erstwhile equipment

  • F-88A1C Austeyr carbine: David used this assault rifle during his submarine invasion. He used it against Aquaman during their first encounter, but to no avail.



  • In DC Comics, originally Black Manta began as an autistic young boy who grew to hate the sea and Aquaman (who he saw as its representative). The boy was determined to become its master and took the name Black Manta after being tortured and experimented on in a mental institution. He later murders Aquaman and Mera’s child; Arthur Curry, Jr. In the New 52, David Hyde was a mercenary who was contacted by Stephen Shin to procure a sample of Arthur Curry’s blood to prove that he was an Atlantean. However, Thomas Curry came to Arthur’s defense which resulted in his fatal heart attack. On the day of Thomas Curry’s funeral, Aquaman stormed the boat belonging to the Hydes and murdered David’s father, assuming that he was the killer. Swearing revenge, Hyde created a specialized suit that allowed him to survive underwater to combat his foe and dubbed himself Black Manta. David Hyde was later revealed to be the father of Jackson Hyde, the Titan known as Aqualad.
  • Black Manta is one of the DCEU characters who appears as a player skin in Fortnite.

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